Quebec

We crossed the border this morning  with no trouble.  It rained all the way north and east until we got to Quebec City.  Luckily it slowed down to a drizzle while we walked around the old part of the town - up on the hill overlooking the St. Lawrence.      Big statue of Samuel Champlain, the European that discovered it - of course the locals were already here.

The Cheateau Fronteac is still very impressive - a big hotel in the prime spot overlooking the river.  It was a place where Churchill, Roosevelt, and Stalin met during WW2.      

Cheateau Frontenac

Cheateau Frontenac

Effie enjoyed walking around, especially interested in the horse drawn  carriages,  She never barked at them - just watched them.     People were watching her - many couldn’t resist a little smile when looking at her, others were very careful to give her some room.    A few asked if they could pet her - and of course they could.        

At the campsite, she always has to walk around the area - then she gets under the picnic table and digs a little hole to settle in and cool off while watching everything and everyone.  It was in the low 60’s most of the day.  Sounds like it may be a rainy week.

WE are staying in a campsite near Mt St. Anne, a few miles east of Quebec City.    It is a large ski area

 

To Baie-Comeau

 

Spent a nice sunny day (75F) driving up along the north side of the St. Lawrence. The Gaspe Peninsula became smaller and dimmer – but it was still visible after all day.

Gaspe across big St. Lawrence

Gaspe across big St. Lawrence

When we left St. Anne along a back road – we noticed many (½) homes with metal roofs – snow slides off. A lot of them were curved at the lower edges – maybe to kick the snow away from the house. There were a lot of large piles of wood ready for the winter.

Curved metal roof

Curved metal roof

 

We were following the “Route des Baleines” - whales come up the St Lawrence and whale watching is a big business. We did see 2 belugas when took a big ferry across a fiord -free – probably cheaper than building and maintaining a bridge.

 

There were a few nice harbors – one with a schooner.

Schooner

Schooner

We are camping in a big campsite just before Baie-Comeau - down on the water. The beach has many sunbathers. There are lots of vacation homes.

 

A guy from Ontario at the campsite just came in from Newfoundland across Labrador – he said there was lots of gravel roads – about 3 km that was very rough. Lots of bugs – and he had rain for 3 days. He figures about 24 hours of driving time.

 

Diesel fuel is about 1.03/liter – same as gas. Probably more diesel is sold to the big trucks than gas to the cars. It is not more expensive than Quebec City yet. I was expecting a 40 percent increase by now. Big business up here is mining and hydro power.

 

photos later